Keralite students thrown off guard

DUBAI - Following a spate of agitations in Kerala against the government's recent decision to cancel 15 per cent reservation of seats for Non-Resident Indian (NRI) students in self-financing professional colleges in the State and adopt a uniform fee structure for both government and management seats, the Muslim Education Society, a Kerala-based non-profit agency has urged the government to reconsider its decision.

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Published: Fri 11 Jun 2004, 11:09 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:54 PM

Speaking to Khaleej Times yesterday in Dubai, Dr Fazal Ghafoor, General Secretary, MES said: "The Justice Thomas Committee report issued recently has led to a major crisis in India, throwing off guard thousands of Keralite students who have failed to enrol for any entrance examinations in India.

He said, several students who had plans to seek admission into professional colleges in Kerala through the NRI seat quota are now in a fix. "All admissions in Kerala should be complete by September which leaves the students with very little time to decide on their course of action, and for the institutions to resolve out the issue soon."

In addition to cancellation of NRI seats, the committee also imposed a uniform fee structure for both government and management seats at all self-financing professional colleges in Kerala, and dismissed any reservation of seats for the minority community in Kerala.

Dr Ghafoor who was in Dubai yesterday to meet and discuss these concerns with MES' UAE Committee members, said, the Society has presented their demands to the Kerala government in the interest of the large Keralite population living in the Gulf and in India.

The demands include that the institutions be allowed to decide on the fee structure for the 50 per cent management seats reserved in professional colleges in Kerala. While, in the government and management quota both, at least 50 per cent seats should be reserved for the Muslim community.

Further, a minimum fee for management quota seats should be fixed between Rs400,000 and 500,000 per year for the 50 per cent students, and that 10 to 15 per cent seats should be reserved for NRIs.

According to Dr Ghafoor, imposing uniform fee structure for both management and government seats is against the principle of social justice. We have no objection to a low fee structure fixed by the government to the 50 per cent government seats in professional colleges, but colleges should be allowed to fix their own fees for the management seats based on their investment and expenses.

Fees fixed at Rs113,000 annual per student are not enough to offset the operational expenses of the college, he added.

Besides, the government should look into reservation of at least half of both the government and management quota seats for Muslim students in Kerala, he pointed out.

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